Four memorable moments beyond the Open

Paula Creamer performs a cartwheel on the 18th fairway during a practice round prior to the 2007 Women's British Open.

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THE ELITE OF WOMEN’S GOLF

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Suzann Pettersen (left), Brittany Lincicome, Paula Creamer and Lorena Ochoa at St. Andrews in 2007.

2007: The first women’s major to be played on the Old Course

Lorena Ochoa became the first woman to win a major over the Old Course when she won the 2007 Women’s British Open. The elite of women’s golf reveled at playing at the Home of Golf. Paula Creamer was so excited that she turned cartwheels on the Swilcan Bridge.

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A BOBBY JONES TRIPLE

1930: Jones completes the Grand Slam

Jones arrived in St. Andrews for the British Amateur in 1930 already with the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open and British Open trophies in his possession. No man had won all four in a season. That is, until Jones, who defeated Roger Wethered, 7 and 6.

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Bobby Jones poses with his British Amateur trophy in 1930.

1936: Jones returns for a social game

After Jones won the 1927 British Open and 1930 British Amateur at St. Andrews, the Old Course held a special place in his heart. The affection Jones felt for the place was returned in kind by the townspeople. So when Jones turned up for a bounce game in 1936, news spread fast. Shopkeepers closed their doors and headed down to the links, hanging signs on their front doors that read simply, “Bobby’s Back.”

1958: A lifetime of memories

Crippled by syringomyelia and walking with the aid of two canes, Jones returned in 1958 as U.S. captain in the World Amateur Team Championship. Jones had to use a golf cart to get around the Old Course. Jones was given the honor of being a “Freeman of St. Andrews.” It was at this ceremony (pictured) that Jones uttered his famous line: “I could take out of my life everything except my experiences at St. Andrews and I would still have a rich and full life.” The audience of 1,700 people rose and broke into a chorus of the Scottish song, “Will ye no’ come back again.”

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